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Our lawyers are recognized for their excellence by top legal and business publications.
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2017

Asia Legal Awards
Gabriela Kennedy (Hong Kong) was named “TMT Lawyer of the Year”, a testament to her achievements in leading a number of cutting edge deals, further solidifying her position as an influential and outstanding practitioner in the TMT market.

Forbes’ 30 Under 30
Xiyin Tang (New York) has been named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30, a list of the brightest young innovators “who are challenging the conventional wisdom and rewriting the rules for the next generation of entrepreneurs, entertainers, educators and more.” Xiyin was selected for the Law & Policy list, a category of individuals “championing individual rights and political movements.” Forbes cited her writings on evolving trademark and copyright laws and their intersections with new technologies, as well as her work representing Mayer Brown clients Google and Spotify in copyright and digital streaming matters. Read the profile.

2016

A Word About Wind Newsletter Recognition for Work in Wind Sector and Legal Writing 
David Burton (New York) was recently recognized by renewable energy newsletter A Word About Wind for his work in the global wind sector and by the Burton Foundation (no relation) for his legal writing.

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy–Chicago Chapter Legal Legend
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Lori Lightfoot (Chicago) has been selected as one of three 2016 “Legal Legends” by the Chicago Chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. Honorees were selected for their extraordinary contributions to the Chicago legal community and their efforts to promote the vitality of the US Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses. 

Benchmark Litigation 2016
Nine Mayer Brown lawyers were ranked by Benchmark Litigation as “National Litigation Stars” in their practice categories:

Antitrust – Robert Bloch, Richard FavrettoAndy Marovitz and Richard Steuer
Appellate – Andrew Frey, Kenneth Geller, Andrew Pincus, Stephen Shapiro and Evan Tager

Benchmark Litigation’s 2016 Under 40 Hot List
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Henninger Bullock (New York) was named to Benchmark Litigation’s inaugural “Under 40 Hot List.” The accolade honors “the achievements of the nation’s most accomplished legal partners of the age of forty or younger,” according to the publication.

Best Lawyers Names 11 Partners “Lawyers of the Year”

Eleven Mayer Brown partners have been named “Best Lawyers 2017 Lawyers of the Year” in their respective categories and cities:

  • Lee Abrams, Chicago Franchise Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Richard Campbell, Chicago Litigation – Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year
  • Ty Covey, Chicago Administrative/Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Stuart Litwin, Chicago Securitization and Structured Finance Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Andrew Marovitz, Chicago Litigation – Antitrust Lawyer of the Year
  • Jonathan Medow, Chicago Mediation Lawyer of the Year
  • John Muench, Chicago Communications Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Keith Oberkfell, Charlotte Securitization and Structured Finance Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Brad Peterson, Chicago Information Technology Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Stephen Shapiro, Chicago Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year
  • Frederick Thomas, Chicago Corporate Compliance Law Lawyer of the Year 

BTI Consulting 2016 Client Service All-Stars
Six Mayer Brown partners have been named 2016 “Client Service All-Stars” by BTI Consulting Group. Mayer Brown is in the elite group of eight firms with at least five All-Stars. Since launching its All-Stars report in 2001, BTI has included one or more Mayer Brown lawyers on the list each year.

The 2016 honorees are:

In addition, Christian and Marc were recognized as “MVPs” for making the list for a second consecutive year.

China Business Law Journal “A-List”
Corporate & Securities partner Jeckle Chiu (Hong Kong) has been named to China Business Law Journal’s “A-List” of the top 100 private practice lawyers in the Chinese market. CBLJ recognized Jeckle for his accomplishments in the banking and finance, capital markets, financial institutions and M&A practice areas and cited client comments on his flexibility and capital markets expertise.

Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2016
Mayer Brown JSM partner and co-leader of the firm’s global Intellectual Property practice Gabriela Kennedy won “Best in IP Litigation” and associate Karen H.F. Lee won “Rising Star: IP” at the sixth annual Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards. According to International Financial Law Review, a Euromoney Legal Media Group publication, the awards celebrate “the advancement of women in the legal profession.” Gabriella won "Best in TMT" three times at the annual awards (2011, 2012 and 2015), while Karen was shortlisted last year for “Rising Star:IP.” Both are based in Hong Kong.

Franchise Times Legal Eagle
Franchise Times has named Franchise & Dealer group partner Lee Abrams (Chicago) a “Legal Eagle of 2016.” Lee has been recognized as a “Legal Eagle” for all 13 years in which the magazine has published its list of “dedicated professionals, available whenever their clients need them, steeped in knowledge about all things franchising.”

Harvard Law Society
The Harvard Law Society of Illinois has recognized partner Debora de Hoyos (Chicago) as one of the Harvard Law School graduates who have distinguished themselves as role models in the Chicago legal community. 

Houston Bar Association Distinguished Mentor
The Houston Bar Association (HBA) recognized Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) as a “Distinguished Mentor” for his service in the HBA’s Mentor/Protégé program for 2015-16 Oil. Jose was honored along with four general counsels of major energy companies and one other law firm partner.

Illinois Campaign for Political Reform 
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Lori Lightfoot (Chicago) was recognized as one of six outstanding Illinois women committed to reform across the state at the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform’s (ICPR) annual Dawn Clark Netsch “Straight Talk “Awards ceremony. The award is named after the late Illinois State Representative Dawn Clark Netsch, who was known for her “straight talk” and “was respected for standing up for her constituents,” said the ICPR.

Illinois Diversity Council’s Most Powerful & Influential Women Award
The Illinois Diversity Council (ILDC) recognized IP partner Melissa Anyetei (Chicago) with a “Most Powerful & Influential Women Award” at the ILDC’s seventh annual Illinois Women’s Conference. Melissa and the other nominees demonstrated excellence in leadership, sustained records of accomplishments, a strong commitment to community well-being and the highest level of ethical standards, according to the ILDC.

Law360 MVPs 2016
Banking & Finance partner Christopher Erckert (Washington DC) and Litigation & Dispute Resolution partners Matthew Ingber (New York) and Andy Pincus (Washington DC) have been named “MVPs” by Law360. This recognition honors “elite” lawyers who have “distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.”

Christopher was selected as an MVP in the Project Finance category “for his contributions to a cutting-edge solar project in Mexico and influential transmission projects in Chile.” View profile
Law360 said Matthew’s work devising a way to obtain court approval of global settlements of claims over alleged misrepresentations regarding residential mortgage-backed securities earned him his spot on the Banking MVPs list. View profile
As an MVP in the Appellate category, Andy was selected for arguing the “blockbuster” Spokeo v. Robins case in front of the US Supreme Court.” View profile

Law360 Rising Stars
Four Mayer Brown lawyers have been named 2016 “Rising Stars” by Law360: Cybersecurity & Data Privacy counsel Kendall Burman (DC); Supreme Court & Appellate partner Michael Kimberly (DC); International Trade partner Nikolay Mizulin (Brussels); and Government & Global Trade partner Stephanie Wagner (Chicago). This annual recognition honors “the top legal talent under 40.”

Legal, Finance, Strategy Decision Makers (Décideurs Stratégie Finance Droit) 50 Best Business Lawyers
Legal, Finance, Strategy Decision Makers (Décideurs Stratégie Finance Droit) has recognized Tax Transactions & Consulting partner Laurent Borey and Real Estate partner Jean-Philippe Lambert (both Paris) as being among the among “50 Best Business Lawyers.” The publication recognized Laurent in the “Rainmaker” category and noted that his peers describe him as a “visionary” in the field of LBO taxation. Jean-Philippe was recognized in the “Entrepeneur” category, with the publication noting that he founded his own law firm, Lambert & Lee, at the age of 32.

LMG 2016 Life Sciences Rankings
Fourteen partners across four of the Firm’s offices have been named “Life Sciences Stars” in the 2016 edition of Euromoney’s Legal Media Group (LMG) Life Sciences. In addition, Mayer Brown was “Highly Recommended” in Product Liability and “Recommended” in General Patent Litigation, Hatch-Waxman Patent Litigation (Branded) and Licensing & Collaboration.

Partners designated with the “star” distinction are:

Intellectual Property – Joseph Mahoney (Chicago), Terri Gillis, Lisa Ferri, Colleen Tracy JamesBrian Nolan (all New York) and Alan Grimaldi (DC)
Non-IP Litigation – Debra Bogo-ErnstDan Ring (both Chicago), Philip Brandes, Henninger Bullock, David CarpenterReb Wheeler (all New York) and Chris Kelly (Palo Alto)
Regulatory – Mark Mansour (Washington DC)

Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars
Fifteen partners across six of the firm’s global offices were recognized as “IP Stars” in the 2016 edition of Managing Intellectual Property’s “World IP Handbook and Survey.” The IP Stars are:

California – David Wang
District of Columbia – Stephen Baskin, Jamie Beaber, Alan GrimaldiGary Hnath and Brian Rosenthal
Hong Kong – Gabriela Kennedy
Houston – Sharon Israel
Illinois – Jim FergusonJoe Mahoney and Steve Yovits
New York – Lisa Ferri, John ManciniColleen Tracy James and Brian Winterfeldt

Managing Intellectual Property Top 250 Women in IP
Four Mayer Brown IP partners—Lisa Ferri (New York), Sharon Israel (Houston), Colleen Tracy James (New York) and Gabriela Kennedy (Hong Kong)—have been recognized in Managing Intellectual Property’s “IP Stars: Top 250 Women in IP,” a list of leading women intellectual property lawyers globally. This is the third time that Lisa has been named to the list.

National Diversity Council's Top 50 Women Lawyers 
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Bronwyn Pollock (Los Angeles) was named to the National Diversity Council 2016 Top 50 Women Lawyers, a definitive list of female executives, influencers and achievers in the legal field. According to the founder and chair of the National Diversity Council, Dennis Kennedy, the list “highlights the most extraordinary female leaders in the industry” who drive change, contribute to business growth and inspire others to succeed. 

National Law Journal Names Matthew Ingber and Steve Shapiro “Litigation Trailblazers”
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partners Matthew Ingber (New York) and Stephen Shapiro (Chicago) have been named “2016 Litigation Trailblazers” by The National Law Journal. The list recognizes 50 people who have “helped make a difference in the fight for justice”—individuals who show “a deep passion and perseverance in pursuit of their mission, having achieved remarkable successes along the way” and who are “advocating strongly for their causes.”

Profiles in Diversity Journal 2016 Diversity Leader
Jerry DeBerry, Mayer Brown’s director of Diversity & Inclusion in the United States, has been selected by Profiles in Diversity Journal as a 2016 “Diversity Leader.” The publication’s annual award series recognizes individuals who “are embracing the significance of building diverse and inclusive cultures with programs that have potential to extend beyond the companies they represent.” The article profiled Jerry’s efforts “in spearheading diversity as a change agent in the legal sector” and his important role in recruiting, hiring, developing and promoting diverse lawyers at Mayer Brown. Read more.

The Law Society of Hong Kong Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to the Profession
The Law Society of Hong Kong presented Litigation & Dispute Resolution senior consultant Robin Peard (Hong Kong) with a Certificate of Recognition for his contributions to the practice of law, particularly to the development of Hong Kong arbitration law. Robin has been on the association’s Roll of Solicitors for more than 50 years.

The National Black Lawyers Top 100
Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency counsel Monique Mulcare (New York) has been selected for membership into The National Black Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers for 2016, an invitation-only professional honorary organization comprised of America’s top lawyers who represent individuals, families and business in the American legal system. Members exemplify superior leadership qualities, reputation, influence, stature and profile as lawyers in their respective states and areas of legal practice.

The National Law Journal’s Intellectual Property Trailblazer 
John Mancini (New York) has been named to The National Law Journal’s inaugural list of “Intellectual Property Trailblazers.” The list recognizes those “who continue to make their mark in various aspects of legal work in the areas of patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret law.” (View profile.) 

The Network Journal's Forty Under 40 List
Partner Erin Gladney (New York) has been named one of The Network Journal’s “40 Under Forty” for 2016. The annual award series honors people under 40 years old “whose professional accomplishments have significantly impacted an industry or profession and who also have made an important contribution to their community.” (View profile.)

Trending 40 and Legal Bisnow’s 2016 Trending 40 Lawyers Under 40
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Archis Parasharami (Washington DC) has been named to Trending 40 and Legal Bisnow’s “2016 Trending 40 Lawyers Under 40” list, which honors top lawyers in Washington DC who have distinguished themselves in their firms, companies and the government with exceptional performance and potential.

US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago chapter of the Federal Bar Association's Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service
Pro bono advisor Marc Kadish and Litigation & Dispute Resolution associate Joe Callaghan (both Chicago) received the “Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service” from the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago chapter of the Federal Bar Association as part of the Seventeenth Annual Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service Awards. Marc and Joe were recognized for defending a Mexican citizen who immigrated to Chicago against a petition for the return of her minor child to Mexico by the child’s noncustodial father.

2015

The American Lawyer Lifetime Achiever
Chicago partner Bob Helman has been named one of The American Lawyer’s 2015 “Lifetime Achievers.” The eight honorees have “had distinguished careers at some of the country’s most prominent law firms and organizations,” “provided exemplary stewardship of their firms” and “made their mark through pro bono, government or civic work.” Read more.

BTI Consulting Names Three Mayer Brown Corporate & Securities Partners 2015 Client Service All-Stars
Three Chicago Mayer Brown Corporate & Securities partners have been named 2015 “Client Service All-Stars” by BTI Consulting Group: Christian Fabian (Chicago), David Schuette (Chicago) and Marc Sperber (Chicago). Mayer Brown is in the elite group of 64 firms with more than one All-Star. Named for the third consecutive year, David also was recognized as an “MVP,” a lawyer who has made the list multiple years in a row. Since launching its All-Stars report in 2001, BTI has included one or more Mayer Brown lawyers on the list each year.

Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2015 Lifetime Achievement
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Nick Hunsworth (Hong Kong) received the “Lifetime Achievement in the Legal Profession” at the Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2015. The award recognizes Nick for his work over the past three decades advising clients on banking and commercial litigation, high-profile commercial disputes and regulatory and compliance issues in Hong Kong. 

Civic Federation’s Lyman J. Gage Award for Outstanding Civic Contribution by a Chicagoan
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Ty Fahner (Chicago) received the Civic Federation’s “Lyman J. Gage Award for Outstanding Civic Contribution by a Chicagoan” at the organization’s annual awards luncheon. Noting Ty’s work in the public and private sectors over his career, the Civic Federation said Ty “has stepped willingly into some of our region’s greatest challenges including pension reform, criminal justice reform and redistricting reform.” Currently Ty is president of the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago and serves on the boards of several Chicago-area organizations and on the Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. 

Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC) Bill of Rights in Action Award
Mayer Brown lawyers received the “Bill of Rights in Action Award” from the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC) for their work with the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of same-sex couples in the Wisconsin marriage equality cases. CRFC recognized eight litigators from our Chicago office for their counsel on Wolf v. Walker and Bloechl-Karlsen v. Walker: partners Tim Bishop and Hans Germann; Mayer Brown’s director of pro bono activities and litigation training, Marc Kadish; and associates Tyler Alfermann, Frank Dickerson, Rebecca KleinAlexandra Newman and Linda Shi

Décideurs Juridiques Rising Star
International Arbitration partner Dany Khayat (Paris) has been named a “Rising Star of the Business Bar” for 2015 by Décideurs Juridiques (Legal Decision Makers), a leading French legal publication. The 30 “Rising Stars” are “la crème de la crème”—“talented, hard working, ambitious” lawyers admitted to the Paris bar between 2000 and 2007.

Dow Distinguished Counsel
Dow has named Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Herb Zarov (Chicago) its “Distinguished Counsel.” Only the second person to receive this designation, Herb was recognized for his extraordinary service and commitment to the client.

Emory University School of Law’s 2015 Eléonore Raoul Greene Trailblazer Award
Intellectual Property partner Sharon Israel (Houston) received the “Eléonore Raoul Greene Trailblazer Award” at Emory University School of Law’s 2015 alumni awards reception. The Trailblazer award honors an Emory Law alumna who has served as a leader and role model in “an environment not common or traditional for women” and “has blazed a trail for others through her own professional and personal endeavors,” the university said. Sharon, who received her JD and MBA from Emory University in the early 1990s, is being recognized for her “great leadership and achievements in the legal profession,” said Dean of Emory Law Robert A. Schapiro. Sharon is completing a one-year term as president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Global Investigations Review Women in Investigations
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Lori Lightfoot (Chicago) is featured in Global Investigations Review’s (GIR) special report, “Women in Investigations 2015.” The inaugural issue profiles 100 women who are “achieving great things” in internal and regulatory investigations—“a notoriously tough area of law”—and who can “serve as inspirations to current and future generations of investigations professionals.” GIR is a news service providing global coverage of government enforcement and regulation.

Illinois Diversity Council’s (ILDC) Leadership Excellence in Law Award.
IP partner Melissa Anyetei (Chicago) received the Illinois Diversity Council’s (ILDC) “Leadership Excellence in Law Award.” The ILDC said that the two honorees in this category “continually develop themselves and others while operating with the highest integrity and ethical behavior,” show “superior leadership” and are “highly regarded in their industries.” The ILDC is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity.

International Tax Review Women in Tax Leaders
Tax Transactions & Consulting partners Sabina Comis (Paris) and Astrid Pieron (Brussels) have been listed in International Tax Review’s  inaugural guide to the world’s leading women tax advisers, Women in Tax Leaders. The publication recognizes women “making strides in a field traditionally viewed as male-dominated.”

International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation’s Fetner Award
Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency senior associate Justine Lau (Hong Kong) has received the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation’s (IWIRC) “Fetner Award” in recognition of her contributions to the IWIRC, a worldwide organization promoting, educating and mentoring women in restructuring-related professions. As an at-large director of the IWIRC, Justine has helped grow the IWIRC in Australia and increase the IWIRC Hong Kong Network’s membership, educational programming and sponsorship for networking events. A member of the IWIRC member since 2008, Justine had previously served as co-chair of the Hong Kong Network.

Latinvex Latin America Rising Legal Stars
Corporate & Securities associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) has been named one of online journal Latinvex’s “Rising Legal Stars” in Latin America for 2015. The 50 honorees, lawyers at international firms doing business in Latin America, were selected for their “scope and prominence of work and future potential.”

Law360 Banking MVP
For the second consecutive year, Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Matthew Ingber (New York) has been named a “Banking MVP” by Law360. The MVP recognition honors “elite attorneys” who have had “successes in high-stakes litigation, record-breaking deals and complex global matters” this year. Read more

Law360 Rising Stars
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partners Andrew Calica and Chris Houpt (both NY), Banking & Finance partner Tom Eldert (DC) and Government & Global Trade partner Tim Keeler (DC) were named 2015 “Rising Stars” by Law360. This annual recognition honors lawyers under the age of 40 whose “outstanding career accomplishments … belie their age.”

Legal Bisnow’s Trending 40 Lawyer Under 40
Intellectual Property partner Jamie Beaber (DC) has been named to Trending 40 and Legal Bisnow’s 2015 list of “Trending 40 Lawyers Under 40,” which honors top lawyers in Washington DC who have distinguished themselves in their firms and companies with exceptional performance and potential.

Legal Media Group Rising Stars in Asia
Nine lawyers in our Asian offices have been nominated as “Rising Stars 2015” for their respective practice areas by Legal Media Group in its inaugural “LMG Rising Stars” guide. The nominated lawyers are:

Managing IP IP Stars
Eleven partners were recognized as “IP Stars” in the 2015 edition of Managing Intellectual Property magazine’s “World IP Handbook and Survey.”

Municipal Lawyers Association Amicus Service
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Tim Bishop (Chicago) received the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s (IMLA) “Amicus Service Award” for submitting an amicus brief on behalf of IMLA in the Illinois pension reform litigation before the Illinois Supreme Court. “IMLA’s legal advocacy program is vital to our mission and without lawyers like Tim, we would not be able to sustain it,” said IMLA Associate General Counsel and Director of Legal Advocacy Amanda Kellar.

National Immigrant Justice Center Rising Star
Litigation & Dispute Resolution associate Brantley Webb (Washington DC) is one of 12 lawyers named a 2015 “Rising Star” by the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) as part of its 16th annual Human Rights Awards. Rising Stars are associates or junior-level attorneys who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to ensuring access to justice for immigrants by devoting substantial time to NIJC pro bono work, serving a significant number of NIJC clients, and/or representing clients with particularly complex cases.

New York Law Journal Rising Stars
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Chris Houpt and Corporate & Securities partner Ugo Ude (both New York) have been recognized as two of New York Law Journal’s 2015 “Rising Stars.” The 50 honorees, who are 40 years old or younger, “have made an impression on their colleagues, their clients and the larger legal community” and “demonstrate the finest qualities of a good lawyer: first-rate legal skills, preparation, judgment, creativity, dedication and ethics.”

Profiles in Diversity Journal Women Worth Watching
Business & Technology Sourcing and Privacy & Security partner Rebecca Eisner and Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Lori Lightfoot(both Chicago) were named “Women Worth Watching 2015” by Profiles in Diversity Journal. This annual recognition honors 100 women who “represent diversity within their spheres of influence,” are “using their talents and influence to change our workplaces and our world” and are “blazing a trail for others to follow.”

Property Week 40 under 40 2015 
Christopher Harvey is named in Property Week’s “40 under 40” 2015 list of rising stars in the real estate sector.

Structured Finance Industry Group Woman in Securitization
During its Women in Securitization Week in August, the Structured Finance Industry Group recognized Banking & Finance partner Carol Hitselberger (Charlotte) as a leading woman in the structured finance field and published a Q&A with Carol. Asked which skills help her succeed in structured finance, Carol replied, “While strong writing and negotiation skills are a necessity for all lawyers in transactional practices, the analytical skills (including the ability to work with formulas, structures and the ability to understand the salient features that make structures unique or similar) is critical to success in structured finance.” View Q&A.

The Lawyer Hot 100 2015 
Rachel Speight is named in The Lawyer’s annual Hot 100 list, which “recognizes inspirational lawyers shaping the market across the legal spectrum.”

The National Law Journal 2015 Trailblazers
The National law Journal's Annual Trailblazer lists recognize professionals who show “a deep passion and perseverance in pursuit of their mission, having achieved remarkable successes along the way.”

  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Andrew Pincus (Washington DC) has been named a “Litigation Trailblazer,” read more.
  • Cybersecurity & Data Privacy partner Rajesh De (Washington DC) has been named a “Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazer,” read more.
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Mark Ryan (Washington DC) has been named a “Mergers & Acquisitions and Antitrust Trailblazers,” read more.
  • Banking & Finance partner (Henry) Hong Liu (New York) has been named a “Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazer,” read more.  

The Network Journal Forty Under 40 List
Corporate & Securities partner Ugo Ude (NY) has been named one of The Network Journal’s “40 Under Forty” for 2015. The annual award series honors people under 40 years old “whose professional accomplishments have significantly impacted an industry or profession and who also have made an important contribution to their community.”  

The Recorder Serial Innovator in Insurance Law
Insurance partner James Woods (New York, Palo Alto) has been named a “Serial Innovator” in The Recorder’s annual “Innovator Awards.” James is recognized as one of five people “with a record of figuring out new and better ways to address emerging or persistent challenges in the legal industry.” Read more.

Washingtonian’s Top Lawyers
Eight Mayer Brown partners from six practice areas have been recognized by Washingtonian magazine as “Top Lawyers” in the Washington DC area:

WiS Woman of the Week
Banking & Finance partner Carol Hitselberger (Charlotte) was profiled as a “Woman of the Week” by Women in Securitization. The profile includes an interview with Carol about her career in structured finance.

WTR 1000 Recognizes Three Intellectual Property Partners
The 2015 edition of World Trademark Review 1000, a guide to the leading trademark professionals in 70 key jurisdictions worldwide, named three IP partners as “Recommended Individuals” for trademark law:

The WTR 1000 is published by World Trademark Review, an independent daily news and information service dedicated to reporting on trademark issues for in-house and private practitioners internationally.

International Law Office Client Choice
Intellectual Property partner Gabriela Kennedy (Hong Kong) and Banking & Finance partner Jochen Seitz (Frankfurt) have been recognized by International Law Office (ILO) as 2015 Client Choice award winners for IT and Internet in Hong Kong and capital markets in Germany, respectively. The awards recognize law firms and lawyers around the world that stand apart for excellent client service.

International Financial Law Review Outstanding Achievement in Securitization Law
As part of International Financial Law Review’s (IFLR) annual Americas Awards series, IFLR is recognizing Banking & Finance partner Jason Kravitt (New York) with the 2015 “Outstanding Achievement” award for the Americas for his “tremendous contribution to securitization law.”

2014

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Chicago Lawyer Chapter, 2014 Legal Legends Award
Government & Global Trade partner John Schmidt (Chicago) has been selected as one of three 2014 “Legal Legends” by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy’s (ACS) Chicago Lawyer Chapter.

Honorees were selected for their extraordinary contributions to the Chicago legal community and their efforts to promote the vitality of the US Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses. John joins a distinguished list of previous honorees that includes Corporate & Securities partner and former Mayer Brown Chairman Bob Helman (Chicago), as well as other accomplished professors, judges and public servants.

American Lawyer Dealmaker of the Year 2014
Banking & Finance partner Stephen Rooney (New York) has been named to American Lawyer’s prestigious “Dealmakers of the Year” list for 2014. The awards honor “lawyers who played a pivotal role in some of the most notable transactions of 2013” and recognize their “innovation and creativity” in successfully handling complex M&A, capital markets, project finance and bankruptcy transactions.

The Asian Lawyer All-Stars
Mayer Brown JSM Banking & Finance partner Nathan Dodd (Singapore) was named an individual “All-Star” in the Infrastructure category of the inaugural The Asian Lawyer All-Star Legal Awards. Winners were chosen by the editorial staff of The Asian Lawyer in consultation with the editors of its US affiliates, The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel.

Best Lawyers Lawyers of the Year
Nine Mayer Brown lawyers have been named “Lawyers of the Year” in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers:

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting thousands of peer-review surveys. The lawyers honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in these surveys, illustrating a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity. Only one winner was named in each metropolitan area and practice category. Overall, Best Lawyers’ 2015 edition listed 171 US-based Mayer Brown lawyers in 70 practice categories. 

BTI Consulting Group Client Service All-Stars 2014
Six Mayer Brown partners have been named 2014 “Client Service All-Stars” by BTI Consulting Group. In addition, Mayer Brown was recognized as one of eight law firms with six or more Client Service All-Stars in 2014. BTI has included one or more Mayer Brown lawyers on the Client Service All-Stars list each year since it was launched in 2001.

The honorees are:

  • Employment & Benefits partner Maureen J. Gorman (New York);
  • Banking & Finance partner Carol A. Hitselberger (Charlotte and New York);
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution/Antitrust & Competition partner Britt M. Miller (Chicago);
  • Corporate & Securities partner David A. Schuette (Chicago), who was recognized as a “2-Year MVP” for making the list for the second consecutive year; and
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Mark R. Ter Molen (Chicago). 

Charlotte Business Journal 2014 Women in Business Achievement
Banking & Finance partner Carol Hitselberger (Charlotte) has received a “Women in Business Achievement” award from Charlotte Business Journal. The 18th annual awards recognize 25 outstanding Charlotte-based female professionals who were “selected for their achievements in business and their impact on the community,” according to the publication.

Charlotte Business Journal Forty Under 40 List 2014
Real Estate partner David Saye (Charlotte) has been named to Charlotte Business Journal’s 2014 “Forty Under 40,” an annual list which recognizes “Charlotte’s best and brightest young professionals for the strides they are making in their careers as well as their civic contributions,” according to the publication. David was honored for his stellar career in handling real estate transactions, his leadership at Mayer Brown, and his heavy involvement within the Charlotte community.

Daily Journal Top Development Lawyer
Government & Global Trade partner Edgar Khalatian (Los Angeles) has been selected as one of California’s 2014 “Top Development Lawyers” by the Daily Journal, a leading California legal publication.

Daily Journal Top Women Lawyers List
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Elizabeth Mann (Los Angeles) has been selected as one of California’s 100 “Top Women Lawyers of 2014” by the Daily Journal, a leading California legal publication.

Docket Navigator’s Year in Review 2014 Top in the PTAB
Five Mayer Brown Intellectual Property lawyers have been listed as “Top Attorneys in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)” in Docket Navigator’s Year in Review 2014 report:

Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards
The Euromoney Legal Media Group’s annual Euromoney LMG Women in Business Law Awards, which recognize lawyers who are leading professionals in their chosen fields:

  • Europe Women in Business Law Awards: Government & Global Trade partner Paulette Vander Schueren (Brussels);
  • Europe Women in Business Law Awards: Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Susan Rosser (London);
  • Europe Women in Business Law Awards: FSRE of counsel Alexandria Carr (London);
  • Americas Women in Business Law Awards: Intellectual Property partner Melissa Anyetei (Chicago).

Global M&A Network Top 100 Restructuring & Turnaround Professionals
Global M&A Network selected Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency partner Devi Shah (London) as one of the “Top 100 Restructuring & Turnaround Professionals” for 2014, a list that comprises the “most accomplished, influential, brilliant and innovative consultants, investment bankers and lawyers from the global restructuring, distressed M&A and insolvency communities,” according to the organization.

Global M&A Network Recognizes Three Partners among Top M&A Lawyers
Global M&A Network named three Mayer Brown Corporate & Securities partners among the year’s top lawyers as part of its 2014 M&A Atlas Awards, which recognize the “most accomplished, innovative and brilliant” lawyers in the M&A space. David Carpenter (Chicago/New York) and Kevin Sheridan (New York) were named to the “Top 50: Global M&A Lawyers” list, and Philip Brandes (New York) was named to the “Top 50: North America M&A Lawyers” list.

Latinvex Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers 2014 
Jose Valera has been named to Latinvex’s annual list which recognizes the “leading attorneys from international law firms that are involved in the growing legal business in Latin America.”

Law360 MVPs
Hank Bullock (New York) is profiled as a Product Liability MVP and Dale Giali (Los Angeles) is profiled as a Class Action MVP.

Law 360 Rising Stars
Mayer Brown partners Jeff Dobbs (Corporate & Securities, Houston), Thomas Eldert (Banking & Finance, DC), Brian Rosenthal (Intellectual Property, DC) and David Saye (Real Estate, Charlotte) have been named 2014 “Rising Stars” by Law360. This annual recognition honors attorneys under the age of 40 “whose accomplishments in major transactions or litigation belie their age,” the publication said. Law360 received more than 1,000 submissions for the “Rising Stars” series this year. Winners were chosen based on the strength of their accomplishments in their practice areas.

Lawyers of Color Hot List
Intellectual Property partner Melissa Anyetei (Chicago) and Banking & Finance associate Nia Rasool (Charlotte) have been named to Lawyers of Color’s “Hot List,” which honors early- to mid-career minority attorneys who are excelling in the legal profession. 

The Lawyer Hot 100: Real Estate 2014
Martin Wright, co-lead of Mayer Brown’s Real Estate practice, was named to The Lawyer’s 2014 “Hot 100” list in the Real Estate category. The annual “Hot 100” list recognizes lawyers “for their innovative and inspirational work” over the past 12 months.

LCLD 2014 Fellows Program
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Marcus Christian (DC) has been selected for the 2014 Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a national organization made up of the legal profession’s top general counsel and managing partners of the leading US law firms.

LMG Life Sciences IP: Hatch-Waxman (Branded) Litigator of the Year
Intellectual Property partners Lisa Ferri and Terri Gillis (both New York) have been named finalists in the “Intellectual Property: Hatch-Waxman (Branded) Litigator of the Year” category of the 2014 LMG Life Sciences Awards sponsored by Euromoney Legal Media Group (LMG).

Mayer Brown Paris partner Laurent Borey named Lawyer of the Year
Laurent Borey has been named “Lawyer of the Year” for 2014 by Option Droit et Affaires (Option Finance), a leading publication in France for finance professionals.

Managing Intellectual Property Top 250 Women in IP list
Intellectual Property partners Lisa Ferri and Terri Gillis (both NY) were named by Managing Intellectual Property to its “IP Stars – Top 250 Women in IP” list of the leading female intellectual property lawyers in the United States. Lisa and Terri also were named to the publication’s inaugural list in 2013. “IP Stars – Top 250 Women in IP” provides in-house IP counsel with detailed information about each of the 250 IP Stars listed in the book, who were selected based on surveys and interviews with partners at law firms across the US.

The National Law Journal 2014 Litigation Trailblazer & Pioneer
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Evan Tager (Washington DC) has been named to The National Law Journal’s inaugural list of “Litigation Trailblazers & Pioneers,” which recognizes the achievements of 50 people who have “helped make a difference in the fight for justice” and “shown a deep passion and perseverance in pursuit of their mission, having achieved remarkable successes along the way.”

The Network Journal Forty Under 40 list
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Charles Harris (Chicago) has been named one of The Network Journal’s “40 Under Forty” for 2014. The annual award honors the country’s top African-American “go-getters” for their “tenacity and innovation” across an eclectic array of professions.

The Network Journal’s Influential Black Woman in Business 2014
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Lori Lightfoot (Chicago) has been selected by The Network Journal as one of “25 Influential Black Women in Business” for 2014. The annual award honors African-American women across the nation whose professional achievements have significantly impacted an industry or profession and who also have made an important contribution to their community.

New York Law Journal Rising Star
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Matt Ingber (New York) has been selected by the New York Law Journal as a “Rising Star” for 2014. The award recognizes New York’s most promising lawyers 40 and under who have made significant contributions to the practice of law and their communities.

Society of Construction Law’s Hudson Prize
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner and London Construction & Engineering group leader Michael Regan (London) has been awarded the Society of Construction Law’s prestigious first place Hudson Prize for 2014 for writing the best essay on a construction law topic. Michael’s paper, “Thorman Revisited,” is a critical reappraisal of the UK Court of Appeal’s decision in Thorman v New Hampshire and an examination of the difficulties in determining the number of claims made for professional indemnity cover in a construction setting. The annual contest is open to entrants from around the world. A panel of lawyers and non-lawyers from a range of backgrounds judge the entries on their originality and contribution to the study or practice of construction law.

US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform’s 2014 Research & Policy Award
Andrew Pincus received the 2014 Research & Policy Award at the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform’s (ILR) 15th Annual Legal Reform Summit. The annual Legal Reform Awards honor individuals and organizations whose outstanding work has contributed to reforming America’s civil justice system. 
 

2013

ABA Franchising Group
Lee Abrams was awarded the Lewis G. Rudnick Award from the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising for his accomplishments as a franchise lawyer; his contributions to the field of franchise law; his “high standards of professionalism, decency and collegiality”; and his service to the forum. Lee was the forum’s chairman from 1982-1985.

Antitrust Writing Awards
Bob Bloch and Scott Perlman’s article “Analysis of Policy Statement of Antitrust Enforcement Policy Regarding Accountable Care Organizations,” won “Best General Antitrust Article” at the 2013 Antitrust Writing Awards. Read article.

Asian-MENA Counsel External Counsel of the Year 2013
Mayer Brown JSM Banking & Finance partner Richard Stock (Hong Kong) has been named “External Counsel of the Year 2013” for the Banking & Finance sector by Asian-MENA Counsel. The results are based on the legal publication’s annual survey of in-house counsel and other buyers of legal services in Asia and the Middle East. One in-house counsel quoted by the publication said, “Richard is a bible on all matters relating to aviation financing.”

AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps
Marc Kadish was named a “Partner in Justice” by AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, for a career dedicated to civil rights and public service. AVODAH works to strengthen the Jewish community’s fight against the causes and effects of poverty in the United States.

BTI 2013 Client Service All-Stars
Three Mayer Brown lawyers have been named “Client Service All-Stars” by BTI Consulting Group in the 2013 edition:

  • Alex Lakatos (Washington, DC FSRE partner)
  • David Schuette (Chicago Corporate & Securities partner)
  • Tom Durkin (former Chicago Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner, who now serves as a judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois). Read more.

Euromoney Best in Competition & Antitrust for 2013 
Hannah Ha was named “Best in Competition & Antitrust” in Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Asia Women in Business Law Awards series. The Asia Women in Business Law Awards recognize “women leading the field in the legal sector across Asia."

Euromoney Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2013
Mayer Brown lawyers were named as finalists by the Euromoney Legal Media Group (LMG) for its Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2013:

Franchise Times Legal Eagles Hall of Fame 
Lee Abrams was named to Franchise Times magazine’s “Legal Eagles Hall of Fame.” Introduced this year, the Hall of Fame recognizes the 45 lawyers who have appeared on the publication’s annual “Legal Eagles” list ten years in a row. The “Legal Eagles” list identifies lawyers nominated by clients and peers for “superlative” work in franchising. Lee was one of the 154 “Legal Eagles 2013.”

IAM Patent 1000 2013
Mayer Brown Intellectual Property lawyers were ranked in 11 practice and/or jurisdictional categories in the 2013 edition of the IAM Patent 1000. In addition, Mayer Brown is ranked in five categories: Hong Kong, Illinois Litigation, New York Litigation, United Kingdom Litigation and Washington DC Litigation.
The ranked lawyers were:

IP Stars - Top 250 Women in IP Law
New York Intellectual Property partners Lisa Ferri and Terri Gillis were listed in IP Stars –Top 250 Women in IP, a new publication that profiles the leading female IP lawyers in the United States.

LA Business Journal Most Influential M&A Advisors 
Corporate & Securities partner Paul de Bernier has been named by Los Angeles Business Journal as one of 40 “Most Influential M&A Advisors” in the Los Angeles region. The honorees “served as the backbone of the biggest, most challenging and most important transactions over the past 18 months,” the publication said. Paul was recognized for his work on major cross-border transactions, including in the entertainment and renewable energy sectors.

Law360 Rising Star 
Archis Parasharami was named a 2013 “Rising Star” in the Class Actions category by Law360. The publication noted several class action successes, including Archis’ “key role in shepherding the landmark AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion case from the drafting of an arbitration agreement all the way to a favorable decision from the US Supreme Court.” Read article.

Law360 MVP 2013 
John Mancini was named a 2013 “MVP” by Law360. This recognition honors lawyers who have displayed “exemplary work on critical litigation, mammoth deals and first-of-their-kind global matters.” John was selected for defending heavy-hitting clients in high-stakes cases that led to landmark decisions and continue to shape IP law, the publication said.

Le Magazine des Affaires 50 Rising Stars 
Benjamin Homo has been named one of “50 Rising Stars” – young partners who stand out among others of their generation. The publication mentioned Benjamin's work on recent deals, including transactions involving French insurance broker Gras Savoye and global hair salon Franck Provost. Paris partners Olivier Aubouin, Emily Pennec and Patrick Teboul also were mentioned as lawyers worth watching.

Leading Lawyers, Real Estate, Construction & Environmental Edition 2013
Paul Meyer was featured in Leading Lawyers magazine in a cover story, “Global Leader Paul Meyer: Guiding Real Estate Equity Investors and Developers around the World.” The article discusses Paul’s role as a co-chair of the Real Estate practice’s cross-border group and cites his “substantial experience in virtually every aspect of the real estate industry.” Read article.

New York Law Journal Rising Star 
Scott Chesin was selected by the New York Law Journal as a “Rising Star” for 2013. The award recognizes New York’s most promising lawyers under 40 who have made significant contributions to the practice of law and their communities.

The Lawyer Hot 100 list 
Ashley Katz has been included in The Lawyer’s “Hot 100” list for 2013. The list recognizes lawyers and others who have “made a difference to the legal world over the past 12 months.” Ashley “has a growing reputation for handling complex restructuring and insolvency cases,” the publication said, quoting a client who described him as “a tenacious lawyer who is a real hustler.” Read article.

Women in Business Law
The 2013 edition of Expert Guides: Women in Business Law has recognized 12 Mayer Brown and Mayer Brown JSM lawyers as experts in their fields:

The Expert Guides are published by Euromoney’s Legal Media Group, whose researchers asked senior practitioners and in-house counsel worldwide for nominations and then consulted with legal experts to make the final selection.

Women in Mining UK 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 
Rachel Speight was named to the UK network of Women in Mining’s (WIM UK) list of “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.” The list honors women working in mining and related professions who “support other women in mining, and the communities and environments impacted by the industry” and “demonstrate skills and attributes which can inspire a new generation of professionals in all walks of the mining industry,” the organization said.

Andy Tauber wins writing award
An article co-authored by Washington DC partner Andy Tauber, “How to Argue Medical Device Preemption,” has won the G. Duffield Smith Outstanding Publication Award for the most outstanding article published in a DRI magazine in 2012. The article was published in For the Defense, a monthly publication on civil defense practice. Editors at DRI, an organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel, selected the winning article based on reader feedback, timeliness of topic, quality of research and writing and freshness of ideas.

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